February is CTE Month, let’s celebrate!

Career and Technical Education Month 2021 provides us with a challenge. Covid-19 will not allow us to have any physical events. So, we are doing our best to plan virtual events and activities in celebration of our students, programs and schools.  

See below and click away to see just some of our successes and events.

Read and watch stories of leadership and excellence and how CTE plays a crucial role in readying our students for careers, which has an impact on the local, regional and national workforce bringing economic success.

Here are just some highlights, virtual CTE events, and celebrations.

Find Your Future: Virtual Careers 3-Day Conference

Calling all students grades 7-12!! Join us for the Find Your Future: Career Pathways 3- Day Conference Series! The School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Postsecondary Readiness will host this virtual career conference series taking place every Tuesday for three weeks beginning February 23, 2021. During this career series students will explore careers and learn firsthand from professionals in the field, understand and practice professional skills as well as gain financial literacy! Each day will have a different topic for students to explore. Students may register for day one using the link below. Students who attend at least two of the events and complete an official raffle entry form will be eligible for a chance to win an Apple iPad!!!

Day 1 Career Exploration- February 23rd, 202, 3:30PM-5:30PM 

Day 2 Professional Skills- March 2, 2021, 3:30PM-5:30PM 

Day 3 Financial Literacy- March 9, 2021, 3:30PM- 5:30PM

Click here to sign up!

Check out the speakers for the event by clicking here!

Woodson Summer Scholars

…is a four-week program that brings together Black/African American student to get an early taste of the college experience. Selected students can take a course taught by UChicago faculty, along with admissions workshops (essay writing, financial aid, finding the right college fit, and more) during Summer 2021.

Course options:
–    Collegiate Writing: Awakening into Consciousness
–    Confronting a Political Economy in Crisis: Examining Causes, Creating Change
–    Freedom of Expression and the Politics of Social Media
–    Pathways in Molecular Engineering
–    Science, Technology, and the Body

Course Dates: June 14, 2021 – July 9, 2021
Deadline to apply is March 1, 2021

Outstanding Black/African American students who are current juniors in high school, are invited to apply.
There is no cost to students selected to participate.

Further details and the application link are available here: https://summer.uchicago.edu/programs/woodson-summer-scholars

Urban Technology Program (UTP) Digital Service Fellow

In​ partnership with the School District of Philadelphia & Communities in School of Philadelphia, the Urban Technology Project (UTP) has offered two I.T. Apprenticeships for opportunity youth since 2002. The I.T. Pre-Apprenticeship is an AmeriCorps program which provides high school graduates with service-learning experience as they work alongside the Computer Science Teacher to increase digital literacy within Philadelphia public schools.  Pre-Apprentice serve as Digital Service Fellows during the school year and receive benefits such as a stipend, scholarship, industry certifications and mentorship.  UTP is a great place to start your journey towards a career in I.T. for more detail and to apply click the attached flyer or visit our website.

Learn about UTP’s pre-apprenticeship program by clicking here


Penn Law Program Opportunities for SDP Students – Sophomores & Juniors

This summer, the Penn Law Pre-College Academy will offer a limited number of full scholarships for Philadelphia high school students. The Penn Law Pre-College Academy is a three week program exploring U.S. Law, the legal profession, and topics such as business law, legal advocacy, human rights, and sports/entertainment law. Scholarship students receive full admission to the program, covering all lectures and materials, as well as housing on campus and most meals during the three week period. More information about the overall program can be found on Penn Law’s website.

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Business Students make Black History Month presentation on the Past, Present, and Future of Computing

Click here to check out the BHM presentation made by Dobbins students


William L. Sayre High School student in the Health Related Technology program…

…goes above and beyond by pampering one of their training mannequins with make up after she practiced providing an excellent bathing and dressing routine.

Death by Chocolate: Valentine’s Day Buffet

Every year on Valentine’s Day, Dobbin Technical High School juniors prepare and serve all types of delicious chocolate baked goods and desserts from cakes, homemade chocolate ice cream sandwiches, a chocolate fountain and chocolate covered strawberries to a savory Mexican Chicken Chocolate Soup. And of course hot chocolate with marshmallows!

See a photo example by clicking on the image

W.B. Saul High School Students Attended March 2020’s Philadelphia Flower Show

Click here to see the photos

Watch this fun video from Randolph Career & Technical High School’s Advanced Electronics program showcasing some of the cool stuff that their students get to learn!


Swenson Arts & Technology HS Students accepted into vocational program

Swenson Arts & Technology High School students from the Electrical and Carpentry programs have 7 students accepted to the ECA Pathways HVAC vocational program that focuses on high energy efficient equipment, prepares students to be a green HVAC maintenance repairer and for entry level positions to maintain and repair HVAC systems in commercial buildings.  This program is a partnership with Johnson Control Institute and the Energy Coordinating Agency.

central city toyota internship

A video created by Mr. Newby’s CTE Video Visionaries and assisted by Steven Herring. Video students speak to high school students working for eight weeks in the shop along with interviews with Central City personnel.


World Aids Day Poster Contest Winners

Congratulations to Mike Jackson, our new CTE Graphic Design teacher at South Philadelphia, and his 4 students for placing at the Penn CFAR CAB virtual World AIDS Day event.

Click here for more info!

Gingerbread House Contest at George Washington HS

The culinary program at GWHS held a gingerbread house contest to have some hands on fun during the holiday season.

Click on the image to see the gingerbread houses!

cruz engineering

KHS teacher Eric Cruz created this amazing Google Site to promote his CTE Engineering program! Visit the site to watch a high-quality video about the course along with a video featuring student testimonials about the program.

Visit the site by clicking here

kensington health science academy

Kensington Health Science Academy presents major videos

Our teachers worked very hard to create these Looms for our freshmen! Please congratulate Ms. Ogungbemi, Ms. Gant, Ms. Shelton, and Ms. Adkins for creating this awesome resource for our students! We wanted to share so you could learn more about the 4 KHSA majors as well!

GLA: https://youtu.be/sDCleh9F1vw

Dental: https://youtu.be/KQ6RFXgukC0

Sports Med/Rehab Aide: https://youtu.be/WXK7XGNT_d0

HRT: https://youtu.be/LeFtNAx4eWA

Check out what Randolph HS students are learning in the EMS/Fire Academy program

Learn about construction students’ visit to Live Casino site while it was in development

We in the CTE Department at times reach out to our partners to help further engage our students. One such partner, Gilbane Building Company,  provided our teachers a tour of one of their projects under construction. ”LIVE” new casino located in South Philadelphia. The CTE teacher used this tour to develop lessons for the students on construction management and BIM Building Information Modeling.

Dobbins Cosmetology students show off their work during virtual learning

Also, click here to check out their Instagram!

NASCAR drivers visit Philly CTE high school auto programs

Alumna Highlight: Dobbins Culinary Arts Program

Anitria McGhee Odum, Class of 1993, Owner of 4 Every Occasion Cakes & Cupcakes.

Kadeem Carter

CTE Success Story: Hooked on Fixing Cars

In this notebook article by Michaela Ward, we follow a transportation alumnus, Kadeem Carter, from when he realized he wanted to work with cars since 7th grade all the way to his post-secondary education at Pennsylvania College of Technology studying collision repair.

Kadeem has since then worked at a few other independent autobody companies, and now manages Collins Automotive, Inc, in Germantown.

Click here to read the article

Kamilah Gordon, a senior at Randolph Technical HS, named Student of the Month.

Going through homelessness and depression while trying to maintain her grades, Gordon reached a turning point in which giving up was never an option. We hope her story inspires you to overcome struggle and reach out for support.

You can read the story here